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Thousands draw on Japan's past for annual calligraphy contest

Hundreds of students participated in a New Year calligraphy contest at Tokyo’s Budokan on Jan. 5. Children were split up by age group and asked to perfectly draw a word or phrase in traditional Japanese style.

Students participate in a New Year calligraphy contest in Tokyo, Japan, January 5, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Anyone in elementary school or older can participant in the contest. | REUTERS
Participants have to write in either traditional kanji characters or in hiragana depending on their age group. | REUTERS
First-grade children had to write てまり(temari, traditional Japanese handball game​). | REUTERS
Second-grade students had to write かどまつ (kadomatsu, traditional bamboo New Year’s decoration). | REUTERS
Officials said around 3,000 people participated in the contest. | REUTERS
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